Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Thanksgiving is a special holiday and calls for special floral arrangement for holiday décor. For this holiday, the emphasis is often on centerpieces. However, designs for other areas of the home are also needed. Since Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest, nay types of fruits, vegetables, and other harvest materials are suitable for floral designs.
Topiaries made with kumquats are just ideal for this occasion. Other fruits like the Lady apple and small pears would also look beautiful.
Flowers and fruits can also be combined in Thanksgiving floral arrangements. Rose hips combine beautifully with flowers. These come in a range of colors.
Another option is to place bunches of fruits artistically around the based of the floral centerpieces. Small gourds and miniature pumpkins as well as figs and pomegranates would also look nice.
However, the fruits need not be edible. Examples include hypericum berries, which come in various shades of red and orange. Chinese lanterns could also be used in Thanksgiving floral designs.
Seed pods and nuts will also look beautiful.
For the flowers, select ones that are in traditional harvest colors. These would include orange and gold as well as red.
Cornucopias are a traditional kind of design for the Thanksgiving season. These can be used for centerpieces.
So far as the types of blooms, most orange and red roses would look very nice. Mums in traditional fall colors would work great because these are often associated with fall. When possible, choose Fuji or other spoon-petal type mums.
Other orange blooms are great for Thanksgiving floral designs. These include Alstroemerias, gerberas, snapdragons, and calla lilies. For accent, use unusually shaped orange blooms, such as the bird of paradise.
Red and burgundy cut flowers are also wonderful for Thanksgiving floral arrangements. The choices include anthuriums, holly and other red berries of all sorts, gerberas, hibiscus pods, asters, Alstroemerias, lilies, and snapdragons.
Everlasting displays work very well for this holiday. By choosing your color and theme carefully, everlasting designs can be used throughout the winter months. Yarrow air-dries easily, and is very suitable for wreaths and other fall arrangements.
When shopping for Thanksgiving floral materials, check out local farmers’ markets and tailgate markets. These are typically open through the early part of December. They offer a wide array of both fresh and dried materials.